Spending time at a lakefront cottage is a quintessential summer getaway for urban-dwelling Canadians. And it’s no wonder, considering that Canada has more lake area than any other country in the world! Being on a lake is a great opportunity to disconnect from the digital world we spend so much time in and take part in activities on the water. Here are some suggestions!
If you’re looking for a meditative experience you don’t need an app for, why not try fishing? There’s nothing quite like slowing down and enjoying the natural beauty of a lake while waiting for that telltale tug on the line.
One of the great things about fishing is that it can be done from a variety of boats. As long as you’ve taken a boating safety course to obtain your boating license and have the basic equipment, you’re all set!
- Stand up paddleboarding (SUP)
Stand up paddleboarding, or SUP, is a water sport that was popularized by Hawaiian surfers in the mid-1900s. Instead of lying down on the board to paddle out to the surf, they tried standing up and propelling themselves using a long paddle or pole.
Stand up paddleboarding has now become a sport in its own right, and is quickly gaining popularity. It’s an excellent full-body workout that is particularly good for strengthening the core muscles. It’s an activity that’s appropriate for all ages and skill levels, can be practiced on any body of water, and the equipment is relatively inexpensive. People have even started doing yoga on paddleboards!
Windsurfing is a combination of sailing and surfing that is also called sailboarding. A large sail with a handle is attached to a board, and the windsurfer stands on the board and manipulates the sail to catch the wind. It’s quite inexpensive compared to sailing and other boating activities, and it’s great exercise! Of course, you’ll need the right amount of wind for this activity to be a success.
Water-skiing is just one of many popular activities that involve being towed behind a power boat and skimming over the surface of the water. Since this water sport presents certain dangers, there are precautions that must be taken—the person being towed should always wear a personal flotation device (PFD), and there must be a spotter in the craft other than the driver who can keep an eye on the person being towed.
Note that not all lakes permit the use of power boats, so it’s important to check local regulations before getting out on the water!
Kayaks are small watercraft propelled by double-bladed paddles and designed for just one or two people. They were originally devised thousands of years ago by the Inuit, who used driftwood or whalebone to build the frame and sealskin stretched taut to create a watertight body. Originally made for hunting and fishing, they are now used for a variety of activities, including whitewater boating and ecotourism.
Kayaks are a popular option for lake boating, particularly on lakes where power boats are prohibited.
If you’d rather go swimming than boating but want to try out a unique activity you’ve never done before, mermaiding could be just the thing! Mermaiding is a fairly new water sport that involves slipping on a tail outfit that covers your lower body to help you swim like a mermaid. There are colourful mermaid tails now available for purchase that are specifically designed for use in the water. While the most professional ones are very expensive, there are fun fabric tails available for as little as $30 online!
This activity is a wonderful option for those who love fantasy and make believe. Just note that the tails do restrict the legs, so mermaiding is best reserved for strong swimmers and should not be done alone.
Have fun on the water this summer!
Time seems to pass differently at the cottage—no rush, no schedule, just sun-baked days full of fun and relaxation. If you want to make the most of your lakeside cottage experience, feel free to try out some of these great activities. Just remember that the most important thing is to enjoy yourself—whatever that means to you!